Friday, 20 July 2012


Title: Untitled split release with Dysonsphere
Format: Professional CDr release on the Kadaath label (Russia) in 2012, cat ref Kadaath 30.  The screen-printed CDr comes inside a two-sided glossy colour cover.
Edition: 20 unnumbered copies

Track Listing:
01. Halos  5.46
02. Xaver  10.20

03. Dragons From Outer Space  15.35
04. Space Death  10.24

OK, so let's address the elephant in the room - what on earth is a Dysonsphere?!

Well, as it turns out it's quite interesting (no, really!).  A 'Dyson sphere' is a hypothetical mega-structure originally described by theoretical physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. Such a "sphere", he theorised, was based on the theory that all technological civilizations constantly increased their demand for energy. He reasoned that if our civilization expanded its energy demands long enough, there would come a time when it demanded the total energy output of the Sun. He proposed a system of orbiting structures (which he referred to initially as a shell) designed to intercept and collect all energy produced by the Sun. Dyson's proposal did not detail how such a system would be constructed, but focused only on issues of energy collection. Dyson is credited with being the first to formalise the concept of this so-called Dyson sphere in his 1960 paper "Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infra-Red Radiation", published in the journal Science.  Alas - the number of crafts required to obtain, transmit, and maintain a complete Dyson sphere far exceeds our present-day industrial capabilities so it remains solely in the realm of science fiction.

So there you are - Nazgul told you it was interesting!

All of which has very little to do with Hugin you might say, and you'd be correct other than the fact that this split release with German project Dysonsphere also happens to be the vessel for delivery of the second batch of Eismond demo tracks.  You may recall that back on 16 April 2011 we examined the first Eismond release,"Demo 1/2010", and took stock of its icy coldness in the bleak and barren wastes of tundra unknown.  So cold and barren, in fact, that the project has evidently headed further north: beyond the arctic wastes and upwards into the black, fathomless reaches of outer space, where no one can hear you scream and where distant echoes of Saturn Form Essence demos linger in the Van Allen belt....

The Dysonsphere track 'Halos' maintains the outer space theme if indeed it does refers to the optical phenomenon of halos that are produced by ice crystals creating coloured or white arcs and spots in the sky, many near to the sun or moon.  'Xaver', on the other hand, remains a complete mystery unless it's a reference to the rather obscure film ofthe same name in which an alien lands outside of Munich, whereupon everyone thinks he's just another tourist (of course), leading to a 'naive countryboy' who doesn't realise he's an alien meeting up with him, naming him Alois (ok...) , and taking him to the city with him.  Let's just hope that the alien morphed into something suitably horrible and ate the young fool.

Such goings-on have even less to do with Hugin, so let's move on once again.  The two Dysonsphere songs are rather good actually, particularly 'Halos', and the overall musical effect is like an unholy cocktail comprising 2 parts Ewigkeit (UK),1 part Depeche Mode, and 1 part Ibiza clubland, shaken with a couple of glow-sticks and garnished with an interstellar vibe.  In comparison with such overtly 'danceable' music the Eismond tracks come across as rather pedestrian in tempo, reflecting perhaps a vision of the endless drift through space and time of ambient sound waves as opposed to an all out attack on the dance floor.  These longer songs build in elements of ambient noise, keyboard effects and a mean guitar buzz at various junctures, and manage to generate a sound that differs substantially enough from the remainder of Hugin's other projects to justify publication under the Eismond name.

Through being such lengthy pieces the pair of Eismond songs do fall into that trap of sacrificing punchiness for atmosphere, and in falling onto the same demo as the hyperactive Dysonsphere songs it brings the issue of accessibility into somewhat.  For all that they remain a interesting listen - and the intrepid Huginophile will find much to amuse them in spotting little references and melodies (intentional or otherwise) that seem to come from Hugin's other work - they do pale beside the more effervescent Dysonsphere music.  Talking about spotting references, even the title 'Space Death'seemed to be a familiar one but this is presumably because of the similarity with the title of Bonemachine's outer space adventure, 'Extraterrestrial Death'?!

Taken overall, it's certainly good to see that the Eismond project is alive and well and putting out some interesting music.  Nazgul would certainly listen to the entirety of this demo on a regular basis, so something is obviously going in the right direction.  Should you also wish to join in the experience then a swift purchase is advisable, given the very limited availability.

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